Perspective – Simplicity/Wisdom on Wednesday

Simplicity

We all long for it, but achieving it is not as “Simplistic” as it seems. Enjoy these “Simple” quotes and a few gentle reminders that Spring is on its way.

“Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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“There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

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“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” ~ Socrates

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“Whatever science and philosophy may do for mankind, the world can never outgrow its need of the simplicity that is in Christ.” ~ Lucy Larcom

Phavorites & Painting – Anemones and Grape Hyacinth

anemone and grape

Several years ago on a walk around the neighborhood I came upon a gorgeous array of grape hyacinth and white anemones in a neighbor’s garden. Luckily, she lives only a few doors down, and I was able to return home for my camera. I have painted this as an ACEO, a small 2.5 x 3.5 inch painting, and have plans to someday paint it very large.  A good art resolution for 2013 is to always have my camera or a piece of paper to sketch on when I venture out of the house.

Plants and Plans – Bargain Bulbs

This has been my week for bargains. I stopped in a local box store Friday and found bins of bulbs that had not sold. They were almost giving them away at 75 percent off. I bought several packs to force in the Spring.

FORCING THE BULBS is not difficult. There are several ways to do this. The bulbs can be shallowly planted and kept outdoors in a cold frame. Another way is to plant and keep the bulbs in the back of the fridge. I have had success with this in the past. This year I am hoping to force some of the tulips in this way.

FORCING BULBS IN WATER is another way to bring them into bloom. I have success with this technique using hyacinth bulbs. I have never tried with tulips, but this year will give it a go. I’ll update this post in the Spring.

My bulbs in brown lunch bags getting a shot of cold air in the crisper bin of my refridgerator.